Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains Articles RSS Feed | Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Anime and Their Video Game Counterparts: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:01:27 -0500 Brandon Janeway

Anime has inspired numerous video game counterparts that allow fans the opportunity to play some of their favorite characters. Unfortunately, this does not always mean that the games do justice and provide fans with an enjoyable experience in their anime universe. While some games rise to the occasion by bringing a fun and memorable experience, some quickly turn into a headache for the player. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of anime inspired video games.

The Good

Some games do an amazing job of merging what makes an anime great with video game functionality that provides an overall enjoyable experience for the player.

One franchise that has managed to achieve this is Naruto, which, in recent years, has developed a successful line through its Ninja Storm titles. As a fighting game series, the Naruto games allow players to become some of their favorite characters and live out some of the most iconic moments from the TV show. The series did not start out the best, but over time has developed a good balance of style and substance that make it a fresh and fun fighting game with the anime setting that fans love. The roster of characters is one of the largest ever seen in a video game which can feel overwhelming, but it does allow a player to use their favorite character even if they were not that important in the show.

Another franchise that blends game and anime well is Danganronpa. Now this is a video game series that inspired a successful anime but nonetheless it does a great job doing both. The game is a point and click mystery adventure that puts players in a the role of a grim detective trying to figure out who is the mastermind behind the evil plot. It is unique story that somehow fits very well in the game universe. The art style is fantastic and there are many parallels between it and the show which is a good fan service. The game seems simple but offers enough intrigue to feel rewarding to the most observant players.

The Bad

Now some games do not do as well of a job at crafting a video game with anime world, which can leave players with an unsatisfying gaming experience. Usually these games try so hard to make the anime world come to life, that they miss the mark for good gameplay.

One such example of this is Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Taking place in the Dragon Ball universe, Xenoverse is a fighting game that looked great. It was very flashy and offered a unique story but that was essentially all that it had to offer. The combat of the game felt very unfair which bogs down a fighting game, where fairness can determine the outcome of a match pretty quickly. Now the game is still a fun time and does enough to satisfy fans wanting to play a Dragon Ball game but this game does not stand out without its anime elements.

One Piece: Burning Blood faces similar issues. This game offered a lot as far as fun 3D combat is concerned, but does not do a lot outside of that. If you are not a longtime fan of the series, this game is not for you. The combat is fun and wacky, which is very much One Piece, but makes little sense to anyone that is not familiar with the series. The story is also an arc of the show but does little to make the player feel as though they are living the One Piece story and are instead just watching a different format of the anime.

The Ugly

These games got the mix of anime and game all wrong. They make an attempt to provide a video game experience to an anime world and end up delivering something very far from that.

A franchise with a history of this is Sword Art Online. Sword Art Online’s universe is literally a video game so it would make you think that there is a lot that can be done, but that has yet to be the case. Fans of the series have been left with games that are repetitive and do little to build off the universe. Most are repetitive and feature frustrating combat mechanics that leave many people doing the same moves over and over again. The games have not brought the anime to life and lack any real development for the overall story. There has yet to be a saving grace in the series and we do not know if we will see one to come.

Another franchise with similar hiccups is Attack on Titan. The first Attack on Titan game, Humanity in Chains, was a disaster. The visuals were muffled, the gameplay was lackluster, and overall the game was a disservice to the anime world many fans love. It is a frustrating experience to see a world you love get bombed with an ugly video game. On a lighter note, the franchise did improve itself by offering a new PS4 title which was a much better game though still not spectacular. In the newer game, the combat was much better and visuals were cleaner but it suffered from a generally unsatisfying plot.

Some anime games know what to do and some should just stay out of games. Let us know in the comments which anime games are favorites and your worst nightmares

New Attack on Titan game coming to PlayStation in 2016 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:38:20 -0400 Joe Garcia

A new Attack on Titan game has been announced and will be coming to PlayStation next year. Koei Tecmo and Dynasty Warriors team Omega Force are working on this new action game based on the globally successful manga/anime series of the same name. 

From what is shown in the clip, the game will be true to the manga/anime series and will be just as graphic (hopefully). There have been other games based on the popular series but this one seems to nail the feel.

The visuals are quite similar to the art of the manga and seemingly have voice actors that are close to the anime's voice actors. This will be a great game for fans of the series to pick as well as newcomers to the series. With these talented teams developing this title, it may very well be the game fans have asked for. Hopefully, the boss battles against the Titans will be just as insane as in the manga/anime. Fighting the Armored Titan and the Colossal Titan would be fun to see, and we're excited to see the game mechanics for using the 3D gear the scouts use. 

Attack on Titan will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4 in 2016. 

Click here to watch the teaser.

For more news, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains Weapons and ODM Gear Guide Thu, 14 May 2015 07:32:27 -0400 Synzer

World mode in Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains lets you customize your weapons and ODM gear. This greatly increases your chances at completing missions. Every piece of equipment has stats and performs differently based on those stats.

I'll help you understand what everything means and choose the best equipment suited for your play style.

For help unlocking character customizations and a couple of special weapons, check out my How to Unlock Story Character Customizations guide.

This guide will go over weapons and ODM gear in world mode including:

  • Weapon and ODM Gear Stats - What they all mean.
  • Equipment Tips - Suggestions based on play style.

Weapon and ODM Gear Stats

Main Weapon

The main weapon is the blade, which you use to actually kill the titans. You must hit them on the back of their neck to kill them, usually with a critical hit.

attack on titan humanity in chains weapons

  • Attack Power - The overall damage of the weapon.
  • Blade - The sharpness of the weapon, the higher it is, the longer you can attack before it breaks.
  • Critical - This affects the red circle and how easy it is to get a critical hit.
  • Normal Slash - The damage of a non-critical hit.
  • Weak Slash - Damage of non-critical hit that is not pressed or released.
  • Close Attack - Damage when you attack a Titan right next to you.
Equipment Tips

When it comes to your blade, there isn't a lot to think about. A blade with high attack power is nice, but more important is the critical.

  • Landing critical hits is more important than the damage because if you keep missing critical, it will take longer to kill the Titan.
    • It shouldn't take more than 1 or 2 crits on the neck to kill a Titan with a decent blade, so try for Hatchet Blades, and those with a higher Critical value.
  • Another important stat is Blade because it lets you attack longer
    • Try to get one with a higher Blade stat so you don't have to use many Razor Blades, or risk failing a mission while you use it. Critical is still more important in my opinion.
Sub Weapon

The sub-weapon is a type of gun and used to help weaken Titans before attacking them. I don't use them that much, but they have their uses in certain situations.

Attack on titan humanity in chains weapons

  • Attack Power - The overall damage of the gun.
  • Aim Speed - How fast you can aim the targeting reticule.
  • Firing Gap - How long you have to wait in-between each shot.
  • Reload Speed - How fast the weapon reloads.
  • Clip Size - How many bullets the gun can fire before you must reload.
  • Kickback - How forceful the gun is. Large kickback pushes your character.
Equipment Tips

Sub Weapons are unique because some of them have special effects. The normal guns are okay for taking Titans down from afar, but the really useful ones are those that do special things.

  • Example: There is a Stamina-Loss Gun and a Regenerate-Slow Gun.
    • Stamina-Loss steals stamina and dulls the Titan's movement.
    • Regenerate-Slow slows Titan recovery speed.
  • These guns help more than just attacking them. You can use guns like these when you get overwhelmed to make killing them easier.
  • They are especially helpful in missions where you must keep Titans away from a certain area.
ODM Gear

This is just as if not more important that your main weapon. You sue ODM gear to launch around the battlefield and attack Titans. If you have no gas in your ODM Gear, you won't be able to reach a Titan's neck to kill it.

  • Wire - Length of the wire. This affects how far you can go per swing/burst.
  • Gas Cylinder - How much gas it holds. The higher the number, the more gas you can use before you need to refill.
  • Drive Loss - How much gas is used per use. It uses a letter score: A uses less gas than B.
  • Speed - How fast you can move.

I'm not entirely sure about the last 2 stats. All of the ODM gear I can now use has the same value in these 2 stats.

  • Orbit - This affects the turning while you are using ODM gear.
  • Output - Affects direction in some way.

The last 2 stats aren't very important, regardless of what they do, so don't worry about it.

attack on titan humanity in chains ODM gear

Equipment Tips

ODM Gear can make or break a mission. All of the stats, besides orbit and output have their uses. It depends on what you want, though I prefer Speed and Wire above all else.

  • If you want to use less Gas Cylinder consumable items, get ODM gear with a high Gas Cylinder and/or high-rank Drive loss. These give you more gas to work with.
  • Speed alone is very helpful when you need to travel long distances, but if you also have a long wire, you'll be able to cross long distances in an even shorter amount of time.

That wraps up my Weapon and ODM Gear guide for Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. Please visit my Beginner's guide for more tips and guides on the game.

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains How to Unlock Story Character Customizations Wed, 13 May 2015 10:02:14 -0400 Synzer

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains lets you customize a character in world mode. If you want to look like a character from the story mode/anime, then you can do that as well! There are many hair, face, and clothing options available to you. Completing certain story mode missions unlock familiar options for your world mode character.

For more help with the game, check out my Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains Beginner Tips and Tricks.

This guide will cover character customizations unlocked in Story Mode including:

  • Customization Description - Descriptions of what the parts mean.
  • Character Customization List - All the unlockable parts, separated by which story character you must play
  • Mission List - Which mission each unlockable is in.

Character Customizations

First, let me start by explaining the different things you can unlock in story mode.

  • Hair and Face - These let you change your world mode character's hair and/or face to the character listed.
  • Sets - These make your world mode character an exact copy of the character listed. You can still edit everything after choosing this option, it is more of a preset.
  • Special Weapon - These automatically give your world mode character the listed weapon. You won't have to buy it or anything, just equip it from the equipment screen.

attack on Titan game humanity in chains story character unlock

Now, on to the list! Here's how to use this guide: Each list is under the character you must play to unlock the customizations. The left lists the customization and the right lists the mission you get it from.

Note: If you don't unlock a certain item, you may have to complete more story missions, first. I did all of the Eren and Mikasa missions before I started Armin's story missions.

  • Senior Officer hair and face - Subduing Titan Basic Training
  • Thomas hair and face - First Battle 1
  • Mina hair and face - First Battle 2
  • Annie set - Crushing Blow
  • Eren set - The Warrior Dances 
  • Conny set - Small Blade 2
  • Ian hair and face - Counterattack
  • Hange set - Defend to the Death
  • Erwin set - Return
  • Mikasa set - Mercy
  • Franz hair and face - A Dim Light Amid Despair
  • Hanna hair and face - A Dim Light Amid Despair
  • Mitabi hair and face - Counterattack
  • Cis hair and face - 57th Exterior Scouting Mission
  • Ness hair and face - 57th Exterior Scouting Mission
  • Reiner set - Female Titan
  • Christa set - Female Titan
  • Jean set - Defend to the Death
  • Armin set - Mercy
  • Levi set - The Defeated
  • Fan (Special Weapon) - The Defeated
  • Sasha set - This is Bread
  • Knife and Fork (Special Weapon) - This is Bread

That's every customization you can unlock by playing story mode. Please visit my Beginner's Guide for more help with Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains.

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains Beginner Tips and Tricks Wed, 13 May 2015 05:56:16 -0400 Synzer

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is the first Attack on Titan game released in North America and there is a lot of content in the game's World Mode. The combat system alone is fun for just playing through the story, but there is so much more to the game.

It is easy to get overwhelmed the first time you enter World Mode, especially if you do as soon as it gets unlocked. I'll help you start your journey to becoming a pro and taking down Titans.

This guide will cover the basics of story and world mode including:

  • Gameplay Basics - How to play the game and tips for starting.
  • Story Mode - What it is and what you can do.
  • World Mode - What it is and the basics of this game mode.

Gameplay Basics

The gameplay in Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is very fast-paced and has a lot of movement. Fans of the show will notice how well they capture ODM Gear in this game.

  • ODM = Omni-Directional Movement. This is how characters get around the world and allows them to attack Titans.

By default you press R to swing around the city, Spider-Man style. You have to have building around to do this.

  • Y allows you to target a specific location and zip to that area. 
  • L centers the camera and you can use the D-Pad to move the camera.

The camera speed and distance can be changed in the options. 

  • I suggest changing the camera to far. Close is very close and far only zoom out a little. It also helps see when Titans are near.

You main attack is the Blade. This is how you subdue Titans. By default, press X to attack with the blade.

  • When you see a Titan, press Y to launch at them with ODM gear, then X to start the attack circle. Pres it again to attack.
    • Pressing it when the circle reaches the red circle causes a critical hit.
    • You can set the Slashing controls to hold and release instead of double click.
  • Chaining critical attacks cause you to do more damage and finish Titans faster.
  • If you have a gun equipped, pres A to set it, then you can aim and press X to shoot. Press A again to put the gun away.

Story Mode

attack on titan humanity in chains story mode

This mode allows you to play through most of the scenes in the anime from 5 different character perspectives. 

  • Eren Jaeger
  • Mikasa Ackerman
  • Armin Arlelt
  • Levi
  • Sasha Braus

The missions you complete differ based on the character. For example, Eren is the only one that can turn into a Titan, so only he will have Titan transformation missions.

You can also unlock character customizations to use in world mode by completing some story missions.

World Mode

This is the biggest part of the game. You can create a character in this mode and level up by completing missions. It is much deeper than that and I'll get to everything in the upcoming sections. 


This section lets you use Growth Points, which you get by leveling up, to increase certain stats on your character. 

  • Slash - Increases critical range and blade handling.
  • Shoot - Increases reload speed and hit percentage.
  • Maneuvering - Increases trap set-up speed and maneuver agility.
  • Strength - Increases slashing and shooting attack power.
  • Defense - Improves recovery time.

As you increase certain stat levels, the growth point cost increases.


You can change your weapons and ODM Gear as well.

  • Main Weapon: Blade - Affects your attack power, critical, normal and weak slash, and close attack.
  • Sub Weapon: Gun - Affects attack power, aim speed, firing gap, reload speed, clip size, and kickback.
  • ODM Gear - Affects wire, gas cylinder, drive loss, speed, orbit, and output.

Changing your gear can greatly affect how you play, so pay attention to the stats on them.


These are passive skills that you must unlock. You have to use skill points to set a skill

For example: One skill increases your physical recovery speed.

Experiment with different skills to see which works best for you.


This is a facility used to make new weapons and upgrade those you already have.

  • To make new weapons you must unlock plans for them.
  • Once you have the plans, it lists the materials needed to make the weapons.
    • You can gather materials during missions.

attack on titan humanity in chains materials

  • You can use coins to upgrade the Armory, which unlocks more weapons.
  • When the Armory is level 10, you can start upgrading weapons you already own.
ODM Gear Locker

This facility works just like the Armory, just for ODM Gear. You can make new gear with plans, upgrade the facility, and upgrade existing ODM Gear.

The facility upgrade costs and ODM upgrade requirements are the same as the armory.

Soldier Training Grounds

This is a facility to hire soldiers and mercenaries. These are A.I. characters that help you during single player missions.

  • Soldiers - Use coins to buy soldiers to put on your squad. Upgrading the facility gives access to better soldiers.
  • Mercenaries - These are just like soldiers, but you get these by passing people in Streetpass.

You can buy items needed to succeed during missions at the Item Shop.

  • Water - Improves recovery speed for 30 seconds.
  • Field Ration - Greatly improves recovery speed for 30 seconds.
  • Ointment - Heals wounds.
  • Gas Cylinder - Recovers gas for your ODM Gear.
  • Razor Blade - Restores sharpness to blades.
  • Ammunition - Required for guns.
  • Grenade - Explodes to deal damage.
  • Sunder Bomb - Destroys hardened parts.
  • Flash Bomb - Weakens Titan detection.
  • Mine - Trap that deals damage.
  • Seize Trap - Trap that temporarily binds a Titan
  • Decoy Trap - Trap that attracts Titan attention.

Missions can be done in either Single player, with A.I., or Multiplayer, either locally or online. There are 3 types of missions.

  • Normal Mission - Lead Special Ops Squad throughout the game world.
  • Scout Mission - Advanced missions for surveys beyond the wall.
  • Survival - Fight Titans until you die.

Once you get A+ rank on a mission, you unlock the Brutal mode for that mission. This mode is harder and gives better rewards.

attack on titan humanity in chains brutal mode

As you complete normal missions, you get "Army Members". This is just a stat required to do Scout missions and higher level normal missions.

During missions, you'll see boxes scattered around. Break these boxes to get materials for making weapons and ODM Gear.

This concludes my Beginner Guide for Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. Check back for in-depth guides of all the aspects of World mode.

Attack On Titan: Humanity In Chains Release Date, Price, And More Sun, 03 May 2015 14:36:25 -0400 Ryan Mayle

Atlus has finally given us a solid release date for Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains: May 12 in North America. US customers can expect the game to show up on the Nintendo eShop for only $39.99. However, due to copyright issues, the EU version of the game will be renamed to Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains and is being delayed until further notice.

Something else exciting in addition to this news is the reveal of an exclusive 3DS theme that will only be available to people who purchase the game.

Along with all this new information, there's also a new trailer for the game. We can now assume that the game will follow the story of the first season of Attack on Titan, because we'll be able to play characters such as Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and Levi.

The gameplay itself looks like it will have a good amount of quicktime events as you swing around titans to kill them. The style reminds me of Monster Hunter, but much more mobile. I look forward to seeing how the first Attack on Titan that hits western shores turns out.